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Zhao Xue 
Photograph 2008, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Zhao Xue
Number of games in database: 857
Years covered: 1997 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2508 (2485 rapid, 2576 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2579
Overall record: +280 -149 =182 (60.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      246 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Slav (64) 
    D15 D11 D10 D17 D12
 King's Indian (43) 
    E92 E97 E94 E77 E61
 English (34) 
    A13 A15 A14 A10 A16
 Queen's Gambit Declined (32) 
    D38 D31 D30 D37 D35
 Semi-Slav (29) 
    D45 D43 D44
 Grunfeld (26) 
    D85 D81 D70 D94 D87
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (68) 
    C95 C84 C92 C77 C67
 Nimzo Indian (55) 
    E38 E32 E46 E40 E39
 Sicilian (52) 
    B90 B92 B22 B51 B50
 Queen's Indian (45) 
    E15 E12 E14 E17 E16
 Queen's Pawn Game (44) 
    A46 A45 E00 D05 A40
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (41) 
    C95 C84 C92 C86 C91
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Zhao Xue vs Yang Shen, 2009 1-0
   Zhao Xue vs D Reizniece-Ozala, 2006 1-0
   Zhao Xue vs T Sachdev, 2011 1-0
   Zhao Xue vs N Kosintseva, 2011 1-0
   Zhao Xue vs B Bok, 2014 1-0
   Zhao Xue vs Karjakin, 2006 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Nalchik (2011)
   SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Basque) (2013)
   19th World Junior Girls Championships (2002)
   37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006)
   FIDE Women's World Team Championship (2011)
   Chinese Championship (Women) (2011)
   Chinese Championship (Women) (2009)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix (2009)
   Women's World Team Championship (2007)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Tashkent (2013)
   Scandinavian Chess Tournament (2007)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   Gibraltar (2008)

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ZHAO XUE
(born Apr-06-1985, 29 years old) China

[what is this?]
WGM and GM.

Born in Jinan, Shandong. Zhao came sixth in U12 World Girls Championships in Menorca, in 1996, equal 18th in the U14 World Girls Championship held in Oropesa del Mar in 1998, fifth in the U16 World Girls Championship held in 2000, also in Oropesa del Mar, equal third in the World Girls Junior Championship of 2001, seventh in the U18 World Girls Championships in Heraklio in 2002 before she made her first serious impact on the world chess scene in the same year when she won the 19th World Junior Girls Championships (2002), played in Goa.

Zhao easily won the national women’s 2002 Olympiad selection trial with 23/31, and justified her selection in the team by scoring 11/12 on board 4 in the 35th Chess Olympiad in Bled (Olympiad, women (2002)), thereby scoring 3 gold medals: a team gold, an individual gold for best performance on board 4 and gold for the best rating performance at the Women’s event. She followed up this excellent result by winning individual bronze (for rating performance) and gold, and a team gold, in the 36th Olympiad, Women (2004), an individual gold and team bronze at the 37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006), and a team gold when the Chinese team won the Women's World Team Championship (2007).

Zhao's tournament record is also distinguished. In 2000, she won the Balatonturist Open in Budapest and the Budapest FS07 IM-A, the HeiBei zt 3.3 (Women) in 2001, the Groningen Harmonie Open-A in 2003, the Cannes Stroer (Women) (with 9/9) in 2003, the Chinese Women's Championship in 2005, and in 2007 came first at the Queens Chess International Woman Grandmasters tournament and equal first with Zhu Chen in the North Urals Cup (2007). She scored a sweeping victory at the at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Nalchik (2011), scoring 9.5/11 (TPR 2816), 2.5 points clear of outright second place finisher Ju Wenjun, who in turn was a point clear of the rest of the field. She qualified for the FIDE Knock-out Women's World Championship (2012) and defeated Canadian WIM Natalia Khoudgarian, Georgian IM and WGM Nino Khurtsidze, and Ukrainian IM and WGM Mariya Muzychuk before losing to Indian GM Dronavalli Harika in the fourth round.

Live ratings: http://www.2700chess.com/women

Wikipedia article: Zhao Xue


 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 857  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Zhao Xue vs A Caoili  ½-½32 1997 Wch U12 GirlsD00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. M Sebag vs Zhao Xue  0-119 1999 WCh U14 GirlsB50 Sicilian
3. Navara vs Zhao Xue  1-056 1999 Groningen Young MastersB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
4. Zhao Xue vs Zhu Chen  1-088 2001 zt3.3 WomenA37 English, Symmetrical
5. Zhao Xue vs A Khegai  0-139 2001 9th Asian WomenB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
6. Y Xu vs Zhao Xue  1-014 2001 zt3.3 WomenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
7. Zhang Jilin vs Zhao Xue  0-118 2001 9th Asian WomenB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. Zhao Xue vs J Xie  1-035 2001 TCh-CHN MenC47 Four Knights
9. Zhao Xue vs E Prie  ½-½47 2001 Master OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
10. M Zuriel vs Zhao Xue  0-123 2001 WJun WomenB24 Sicilian, Closed
11. Zhao Xue vs Wang Pin  ½-½50 2001 zt3.3 WomenB53 Sicilian
12. Zhao Xue vs B Thipsay  1-037 2001 9th Asian WomenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
13. Zhao Xue vs Huang Chengxin  1-030 2001 TCh-CHN MenC00 French Defense
14. Zhao Xue vs S Meenakshi  0-148 2001 WJun WomenC42 Petrov Defense
15. Wang Yu vs Zhao Xue  1-044 2001 zt3.3 WomenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. Zhao Xue vs N Kosintseva  ½-½40 2001 WJun WomenB72 Sicilian, Dragon
17. Zhao Xue vs Ruan Lufei  ½-½25 2001 zt3.3 WomenA06 Reti Opening
18. Zhao Xue vs E Levushkina 0-131 2001 9th Asian WomenA22 English
19. Zhang Jundi vs Zhao Xue  0-122 2001 TCh-CHN MenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
20. Epishin vs Zhao Xue 0-157 2001 Master OpenA80 Dutch
21. Zhao Xue vs N Hryhorenko  1-037 2001 WJun WomenB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
22. Xu Yuanyuan vs Zhao Xue  1-033 2001 zt3.3 WomenA81 Dutch
23. R Aarthie vs Zhao Xue  1-025 2001 9th Asian WomenC05 French, Tarrasch
24. Zhao Xue vs Mu Ke  0-135 2001 TCh-CHN MenC02 French, Advance
25. M Buckley vs Zhao Xue  0-142 2001 WJun WomenB24 Sicilian, Closed
 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 857  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Mar-30-08  laserlight: <And she's not getting her GM title.>

That would imply that her compatriot Hou Yifan would not get a GM norm from the Isbank Ataturk Women Masters (2008), unless the confirmation has been delayed instead of denied.

Aug-01-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: FIDE now lists her as a GM, as well as an WGM
Aug-01-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: Does Yifan Hou get credited with a GM norm from the Ataturk Women's Masters now that Zhao has her GM title? In other words, is Zhao's title retrospective to the Ataturk Women's Masters or as a result of it?

If it's retrospective, then Yifan gets her second GM norm, if not, Yifan misses out.

Aug-14-08  akhc: it should be retrospective so Yifan should get her second GM norm
Aug-23-08  thordrup: On her fide profile she's named as a "Woman Grand Master & (GM)" so it appears her GM application (http://www.fide.com/FIDE/titles/ima...) has now been approved

http://www.fide.com/index.php?optio...

Also on the China country list (http://ratings.fide.com/topfed.phtm...) she's also listed as "g" for grandmaster

Info > Titles > Titles Applications
http://www.fide.com/info/titles/tit...

Mar-05-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Being one of the top Chinese female players, <Xue Zhao> has been one of the stars of her national team <since 2002> when she led her country to the gold medal with a dominating 11/12 score and a performance rating of 2723 on the reserve board.

In <Calvia 2004> she also scored 10/12 and helped her country to win another gold while in the last two Olympiads in Turin and Dresden, she helped her team to win bronze medals.

She was the leading player of the Chinese team which won the <2007> Women’s Team Championship.

She took the first place with 5.5/9 in İş Bank Atatürk Women Masters <2008>.

from http://istanbul2009.fide.com/xue-zh...

Apr-06-09  alexapple: Happy birthday! Zhao Xue
Apr-06-10  alexapple: Happy birthday! Zhao Xue :)
Apr-06-10  Simonkaser: Happy B !! :D
Apr-06-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: Happy birthday! Zhao Xue
Apr-08-10  DiscoJew: Happy Birthday indeed, she treated herself to a very simple gift... a nice win over a top contender!

Zhao Xue vs A Stefanova, 2010

Aug-19-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: 4th place in FIDE Women Grand Prix (Mongolia) 30 July - 12 August 2010:

http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...

Jul-07-11  plimko: Zhao Xue is the 1st Chinese Women Rapid Chess Champion. She defeated Ju Wenjun in the Final, 2-0.

http://biker60.wordpress.com/2011/0...

Oct-15-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: 6/6 after beating GM Zhu Chen, simply amazing!

http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...

Oct-20-11  Ezzy: 9.5/10 and an incredible 2974!!!! performance in the Nalchik Women's Grand Prix with 1 round to go.

+9 is simply stunning and unprecedented in any women's tournament. This is something very special, and is it possible to win again tomorrow?

Is this result a 'one off' or are we witnessing a new dominant force in women's chess.

Some comments from her competitors

<The participants of Grand Prix also give the due to Zhao Xue, though they are not ready to consider her as the new leader of world chess. This means that the Chinese woman played one fantastic tournament, but it cannot guarantee her the next results. But of course everybody agreed that it was a brilliant performance. “ My congratulations to Zhao, she achieved phenomenal result which is perhaps unrepeatable at all” - said Kateryna Lahno.”

“Zhao is a good girl, - says Nadezda Kosintseva. - Recently she had been playing unsuccessfully and lowered her rating. A lot of people have written her off. Nothing to say - she is a fighter!”

“My congratulations to the winner. And we promise that we will do our best to provide her a “harder” tournament life the next time”- assured us Alexander Kosteniuk.

But let’s not forget about the world champion Hou Yifan who obviously has her own chess opinion on her compatriot’s victory. Will this phenomenal success of Zhao Xue be the only one or is it a sign of an appearance of a new leader in female chess for the following years? We can get an answer in the next Grand Prix.>

http://nalchik2011.fide.com/unbelie...

Oct-21-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: <CG.COM>

You're gonna have to update Zhao Xue 's biography tomorrow.

:-)

Oct-21-11  Ezzy: With a RP of 2974 going into the last round, she finally ran out of steam and lost to her compatriot Ju Wenjun.

I was willing for her not to lose so she would have had a RP in the 2900's, but to say that it was an anticlimax is a bit churlish, It was still a World Class performance (9.5/11 with a RP of 2816), and one that will be remembered for a long time in Women's chess.

Congratulations to Zhao Xue for a magnificent display of chess!!

Apr-12-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: She had a nice win in a rook and pawn ending today vs Bela Khotenshvili. One of those where the player with a pawn up sacs the extra pawn to allow the opponent's pawn to block the rook out of play. This link will probably no longer apply soon, but for now it is at: http://live.chinaqiyuan.com/chess/t...
Apr-14-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: She won another nice endgame today. This one she had a knight up for 3 pawns and beat Qian Huang.
Apr-17-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: She's +4 after 7 rounds. Her win today against Shen Yang was a Slav.
Apr-19-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: With her win over Yixin Ding in the last round she clinches a piece of the 2nd Women Masters in Jiangsu Wuxi 2012 title. The last remaining game is an OCB ending which Bela Khotenashvili would have to win with a pawn down to tie her +4 score. Her loss in the penultimate round to tail ender Xiaobing Gu kept this from being another crush.
Jul-18-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: 2 short losses to begin the tournament at Jermuk. Not a good start at all.
Aug-11-13  nescio: I don't know how Zhao Xue ended up at the west coast of Europe but laet week she played a tournament there. In the last round she lost to the winner Krasenkow, otherwise she might have won it instead. I don't think <chessgames.com> will bother to include this tournament in the database, but it would be a pity if there was no record at all of the following spectacular game in which she escaped by a lot of courage and lots of luck:

[Event "HZ"]
[Site "Vlissingen"]
[Date "2013.08.08"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Matthew Tan"]
[Black "Zhao Xue"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B12"]
[PlyCount "78"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. h4 h6 5. g4 Bd7 6. Nc3 e6 7. Be3 Qc7 8. Nf3 a6 9. Na4 b6 10. Rc1 c5 11. c4 dxc4 12. dxc5 Bxa4 13. Qxa4+ b5 14. Qa3 Nd7 15. b4 Ne7 16. Bg2 Nd5 17. O-O Be7 18. Nd4 O-O 19. Bxd5 exd5 20. f4 Bxh4 21. Nf5 Bd8 22. Bd4 a5 23. Qh3 axb4 24. Nxh6+ gxh6 25. Qxh6 Nb8 26. g5 Nc6 27. Rc2 Nxd4 28. Rh2 f5 29. gxf6 Kf7 30. Qh5+ Ke6 31. Qg4+ Nf5 32. Rh5 Qxc5+ 33. Kh1 Kd7 34. Qxf5+ Kc7 35. Rg1 Kb6 36. Rh7 Rxa2 37. f7 b3 38. Rh6+ Ka5 39. Qe6 Bb6 0-1

Position after 28.Rh2


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Perhaps 20...Bxh4 was too risky but the complicatios are too much for me. In the diagram it is clear that White has a strong attack and he might have succeeded if after 28...f5 he had played 29.exf6 instead of 29.gxf6. I must say that I also would have chosen gxf6 for the king's walk that follows looks too daring to be true. The difference however is that after 29.exf6 the e-file is open and 29...Kf7 really doesn't work: 30.Qh7+ Ke6 31.Re1+ and mate in a few moves.

In the game the black king finally finds a safe spot after a remarkable adventure. One wonders if the poor piece had some muscle pain the following day...

Aug-23-13  nescio: She is still in the Low Countries, having traveled the short distance from Vlissingen to Brasschaat, where her chances of winning are distinctly larger with only a few grandmasters (Dgebuadze, S. Kasparov) as most prominent competitors.

[Event "Brasschaat open 2013"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2013.08.22"]
[Round "6.1"]
[White "Zhao, Xue"]
[Black "Gergacz, Attila"]
[Result "1-0"]
[LiveChessVersion "1.4.2"]
[BlackElo "2370"]
[WhiteElo "2562"]
[ECO "D43"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 e6 5. g3 Nbd7 6. Qd3 a6 7. Bg2 b5 8. b3 b4 9. Na4 Bd6 10. O-O O-O 11. Bb2 a5 12. Rad1 Ba6 13. Rfe1 Rc8 14. Qc2 c5 15. dxc5 Nxc5 16. Ng5 g6 17. Nxc5 Bxc5 18. e4 Ng4 19. Nh3 d4 20. e5 f6 21. exf6 Qxf6


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All that fire power directed at f2 would have made me a bit nervous, but she calmly allowed her opponent to capture, having calculated that the loss of an exchange was only temporary. She finishes the game in the time trouble stage with a nice mating attack by a few minor pieces.

22. Nf4 d3 23. Nxd3 Qxf2+ 24. Qxf2 Nxf2 25. Nxc5 Nxd1 26. Bd4 Nc3 27. Nxa6 Rcd8 28. Bc5 Rf7 29. Bh3 Kg7 30. Bxe6 Rb7 31. Be3 Rd6 32. Nc5 Re7 33. Bg4 Nxa2 34. Bh6+ Kf7 35. Ne4 Kg8 36. Rf1 Rd8 37. Ng5 Rb8 38. Be6+ Kh8 39. Nf7+ Kg8 40. Nd8+ 1-0

6/6 now, but the encounters with her fellow grandmaters still ahead.

Jan-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: She's still busy in Europe going from Wijk aan Zee to Gibraltar. Her best performances are stunning, but she doesn't seem to be consistent enough to rank much higher.
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